Lose yourself to dance at Chicago's best clubs


House music was born in Chicago when a new club called The Warehouse emerged from the near West side in 1977. The Warehouse is one for the Chicago entertainment history books but the beats are pounding at a number of dance clubs around town. Chicago nightlife churns and cooks seven nights a week if you know where to go and sometimes it’s in the basement like The Drop Lounge , The Rec Room and The Underground  or atop a French restaurant - hello Studio Paris.

Smart Bar in Wrigleyville has been a destination for dance-partiers since 1982 and still holds its own with its au courant DJs while Lakeview’s Berlin harkens back to Belmont Ave’s longtime punk scene and simultaneously connects to the future. You may encounter drag queens, exotic dancers, and other controversial icons on the dance floor at this extremely friendly club.

The Underground is one of Chicago’s favorite places for dancing, drinking and people watching. It's fun to dress to impress at this club in River North where you’ll move to beats dropped by a roster of internationally-known DJ’s. Everything old is new again as Disco  recreates age of Studio 54, Le Freak and boogie nights. You should be dancing, yeah! 



Above the Lion Head Pub in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, overlooking Lincoln Avenue, The Apartment Lounge and Nightclub holds a house party every weekend. In addition to a kitchen, bedrooms and front room, the apartment sports a dance...  Read More

Lincoln Park


The cozy cave-like setting and late hours attract those slinking around Lincoln Park in the wee hours. DJ's spin house, EDM and hip-hop in the low ceilinged space, The Drop Lounge attracts (what looks to be) the just-out-of-college crowd so you...  Read More

West Town
Beauty Bar
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This dance club that also serves as a boozy salon is a great place for a manicure, martini, and dance party. The kitchy 60s decor includes glittery paint on the walls and salon furniture that would set your mom's heart (and hair)...  Read More

Lake View


Named so because the original owner loved the cabaret sparkle of Berlin during the 1930s Weimar Republic, Berlin has been a dancing planet of glitter and glee in 1983. Gay, straight, trans or bi (heck, you can even bring mom or dad) - all...  Read More

Studio Paris
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If you're into spying celebs, your best bet in terms of dance clubs is Studio Paris, a second-floor nightclub, above the French restaurant, Paris Club. The room's retractable glass roof is a bonus on warm nights, converting the space into an...  Read More



Smart Bar, below The Metro, is a basement dance club that lacks pretension and welcomes all. Located in Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood (two blocks north of Wrigley Field), Smart Bar doesn't care a fig about designer outfits just dancing...  Read More

The Underground Chicago
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The Underground nightclub takes its tenor of exclusivity seriously with a military theme and unmarked basement level entrance. Those who live for a see-and-be-seen atmosphere feel right at home here. Bottle service and celebrity sightings are...  Read More

Lincoln Park
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Heavy on table service, the high-end nightclub is all about dancing in an open space right in front of the DJ booth and larger-than-life screen. PRYSM is home to some of the best DJ and EDM live performances in Chicago on a weekly basis. Table...  Read More

The Rec Room
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If going back to the 1970's is too rich for your Millennial blood and your idea of nostalgia is Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, and Britney Spears - The Rec Room is your sweet spot for drinking and dancing under a disco ball. The basement...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Kohl Murdock


Everything old is new again thus the recreating of the age of Studio 54, Le Freak and boogie nights. Derived from gay underground New York clubs, Disco was a white hot trend fueled by amyl nitrate, flickering strobe lights and unrelenting...  Read More


Meet Jacky Runice

Born in Bucktown when bulletproof was a home safety choice and not a coffee order, Jacky Runice has been knocking around Chicago as a professional print, online and broadcast journalist and...  More About Jacky